Analysis: Referendums Bill passes its first stage - what does this mean for independence?
CommonSpace considers the prospects for a 2020 referendum in light of the passage of the Referendums Bill at stage one
THURSDAY (7 November) saw the Scottish Parliament pass the first stage of the Referendums Bill, which was first announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP’s spring conference.
With the announcement closely following Sturgeon’s April pledge to push for an independence referendum before the 2021 Holyrood election, this was seen by some SNP supporters as a meaningful step towards a goal which appeared to have been put on hold.
Robin McAlpine: This is what an independence election sounds like
CommonSpace director Robin McAlpine looks ahead to the General Election and what it could – and should – mean for the Scottish independence movement
SO THIS is to be a General Election where independence is put at the heart of the campaign. Great. But what exactly would that sound like?
Robin McAlpine: Welcome back RIC – the indy movement needs you
Ahead of Saturday’s RIC conference in Glasgow, Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the independence movement desperately needs its radical current
WHILE the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) has been ticking away in the background of the independence movement over recent years, it clearly hasn't had anything like the centrality and influence it did during the indyref. And, honestly, the independence movement has suffered.